Misuzu Tanaka to present 2 piano concerts at OCL branches

TOMS RIVER –  International award-winning concert pianist Misuzu Tanaka will present “A Journey to Early German Romanticism” at two Ocean County Library branches Saturday Dec. 6.

She will perform Schumann’s “Piano Sonata No. 3 in F Minor, Op. 14,” Beethoven’s “Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109,” and Beethoven’s “Rondo a capriccio ‘Rage over a Lost Penny’ in G major, op. 129.”

The performances will be held:

11 a.m. at the Manchester branch, 21 Colonial Dr., 732-657-7600

2:30 p.m. at the Little Egg Harbor branch, 609-294-1197. The concert will be held at The Terraces, 281 Mathistown Rd.

The programs are free and open to the public but registration is required. To register telephone the branch or go to the library’s website www.theoceancountylibrary.org , click on the “Events & News” icon, then click on “Calendar of Events.”

Tanaka is the winner of many prestigious competitions including First Prize at the Poland Music Festival Competition and Second prize at the Joan and Daniel Rutenberg Chamber Music Competition.

An advocate of modern music, she collaborated with many prominent living composers and gave the World Premieres of works by Paul Moravec (Pulitzer Prize Winner), Alberto E. Colla, and Ivan Božičević. As an avid chamber musician, Tanaka has also collaborated with prominent artists including James Dunham (Cleveland Quartet), Robert Merfeld, Richard Faria, and members of the National Symphony Orchestra.

Tanaka presented highly acclaimed recitals at Alice Tully Hall in New York, Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Germany, Villa Bertramka, Mozart Museum in Prague and Mest’anská Beseda in Pilsen, Czech Republic.

She was invited as a special guest artist to perform for former U.S. Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, as well as former Ambassador of the Slovak Republic, Ronald Weiser.

As a chamber musician, she performed extensively with the Garth Newel Piano Quartet at the Garth Newel Music Center where she was Resident Pianist and Co-Artistic Director.

Misuzu Tanaka was invited to prestigious summer music festivals in the United States and Czech Republic such as Bowdoin International Music Festival, Prague International Piano Masterclasses, and International Music Academy in Pilsen where she studied with famed Czech pianist Ivan Moravec.

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